Hebcal by Voice is going away

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Got this email from Tellme today: Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2003 01:10:11 -0800 (PST) From: Tellme Studio <developer@tellme.com> To: michael@… Subject: Tellme Studio program change VoiceXML Developer, Tellme has made many investments in VoiceXML over the past four years. One of these investments was in the Extensions program, with the goal of making VoiceXML a… Read more »

Yahrzeit/Birthdays observed in Adar II

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Last week I fixed a bug in yahrzeit calculations in the hebcal website. According to Calendrical Calculations by Edward M. Reingold and Nachum Dershowitz, the yarhzeit of someone who passed away in Adar of an ordinary year or Adar II of a leap year is also always in the last month of the year, be… Read more »

vCalendar support for Lotus Notes and iCal

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We’ve added support for exporting Hebcal data to and . Our vCalendar export also works in Palm Desktop 4.1 now, although the native DBA export is considered superior. Previously the Hebcal vCalendar export would cause Palm Desktop to crash, but this issue appears to be resolved now.

Small changes to Torah Readings pages

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We’ve added next and previous links to the top of the individual Torah Readings pages. See Parashat Beshalach (this week’s parashah) as an example. You’ll see a link << Bo on the left and Yitro >> on the right. These links have always been available at the bottom of the parashah pages, but now they’re… Read more »

RSS feed for weekly Shabbat candle-lighting times

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We’ve added the ability to get candle lighting times for your city as an RSS feed (for use in news aggegator programs like Radio UserLand , FeedReader, AmphetaDesk, or NetNewsWire. Simply go to the 1-Click Shabbat Candle Lighting Times page, enter your zip code, and hit Submit. You’ll notice this little orange XML button (example:… Read more »

Upcoming improvements to hebcal.com

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Sometime before Pesach, I hope to change the Hebcal Torah Readings pages to correctly show special haftara/maftir when the Parashat ha-Shavua corresponds with a special day like Rosh Chodesh or Shabbat Shekalim. Currently we’re displaying this message: NOTE: This site does not yet indicate special maftir or haftarah when they occur. Always check a luach… Read more »

Fixed broken RSS for 1-Click Shabbat

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I got an email from Bill Kearney at Syndic8.com about a small error with the RSS feed from 1-Click Shabbat: http://www.syndic8.com/feedinfo.php?FeedID=21674 Apparently I had a broken ISO date format; timezone formatting was using -8:00 instead of the correct -08:00 format. It’s been fixed. Gotta love that sprintf(“%02d”) stuff.

Added News section

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Just in time for the (Gregorian) New Year, we’ve added a News section to the hebcal.com website. Here you’ll find out about changes and improvements to the Hebcal Interactive Jewish Calendar and related web tools. Kol Tuv!